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A Mean Rooster Help
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EIEIO    Posted 05-22-2002 at 17:23:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have quite a few ducks, chicks, chickens, a big hen and rooster. This rooster has started to attack me when I go to feed my other critters. I have kicked his cock-a-doodle-do right out of him. Now he is picking big time on the hen. The only thing we can figure out is when he goes to mate he is playing heck with his spurs. We separate them at night but it doesn't help during the day. Tonight when I went down to the barns the poor hen's right side under the wing is just too horrific to describe. What do we do? My suggestions was to shoot him. Dennis said to ask first. So I am asking. Also my next batch that we were told were all pullets has a rooster in the bunch. How do I prevent him from doing the same thing when he gets to that stage? As usual I appreciate any and all help.

F14    Posted 05-23-2002 at 04:15:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I won't have a rooster on the place, for just that reason. I don't need fertile eggs, hatching my own is too time consuming and not nearly as cost-effective as buying day-old layers from the feed store.

Soup time...

DeadCarp - saddles    Posted 05-22-2002 at 22:23:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tom turkeys are bad about spurring the hens too - 50 years ago we strapped canvas saddles on the hens to limit the damage. Preacher dropped in one nite and saw the saddles stacked in the rafters and asked Dad what those were? Dad just said "Turkey saddles" and the preacher said he had no idea they got big enough to ride! Well, somehow Dad managed to ignore that & keep a straight face but jeez the folks laughed about that for years!

If your rooster's as ornery as our old bantie was, it's getting to be soup time!

Katrina    Posted 05-22-2002 at 22:14:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have had that happen here also. Seems like if there are too many roosters or not enough hens to keep the roosters busy they really can mess up the hens. We have 30 hens with two roosters and that seems to be a good number so one hen doesn't get picked on too much. I currrently have one hen recovering from the same thing. It does heal up and I have heard to put an antibacterial ointment like Neosporin on to help it heal. If your hens have all the feathers pulled off their back you might have to separate that rooster or do away with him! Chicken soup is good on these cool nights! LOL Good luck and keep us posted!

Hal/WA    Posted 05-22-2002 at 21:32:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would have chicken stew. Unless you are trying to get fertile eggs to be hatched, I can not see any good reason to keep a mature rooster. Especially with only one hen to hold his interest. He may even kill her.

Unless you really LIKE the noise that a rooster WILL make before dawn all the time and also at other times, I would end his attacks. You might sleep better and if you have neighbors that are close by at all, you might get along with them a lot better too.

EIEIO    Posted 05-23-2002 at 04:17:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Funny you should mention the roosters morning and evening song. When we first move here our neighber across the road has a rooster that sings wheneve he wants and Dennis used to always say we would get a rooster and compete. Anyway we did get that rooster but when he does his squaking he sound just like a bullfrog.

We are very fortunate only two neighbors and they are the best neighbors your could ask for. But than again we are the only ones for miles and miles that have a storm shelter. Mmmmmm, that's a thinker LOL.

Ira    Posted 05-22-2002 at 18:37:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You could try cutting his spurs off, if that doesn't work you could try chicken and bisquits.
Oh by the way , I'm not the Ira that posted that scam. My last name is King not Johnson.;^)

EIEIO    Posted 05-22-2002 at 19:07:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
You mean I don't have to send you $6.00?

Burrhead    Posted 05-22-2002 at 20:52:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dangit I was gonna see if he would just take the $6 out and go ahead and send me the rest of my $50,000 in change.

screaminghollow    Posted 05-22-2002 at 18:47:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is it a white leghorn rooster. they are known for being agressive. Leghorns are good layers, but try another breed if that is what your rooster is. We have a few little bantam chickens, the roosters are very colorful and only aggressive with the other roosters.

EIEIO    Posted 05-22-2002 at 19:06:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
You pegged it, these are the only two white leghorns that we have. We have a few buffs and since I wanted different kinds I ordered some fancy ones from Murray McMurray Poultry. I thought they would be fun to have but they just got out of the brooder this week and are still inside the barn. The buffs, are just about four months old. This is my first experience with having roosters and hens. In Texas we just had a few hens for their eggs.

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